Osmeña to help wounded cop

CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is willing to extend any help to Police Officer 3 David Naraja Jr., who suffered injuries during an alleged shootout with suspected hitman Jessie Largo in Talisay City last Monday.

Naraja, who is a Cebu City resident,got shot in the face. Largo was shot dead.

Even if the police operation was in Talisay City, Osmeña said that he is still willing to help, especially that Naraja was wounded in a legitimate police operation.

“Of course, contrary to popular belief (that he doesn’t help the police), I will help the policeman. Whatever, medical or cash. If something like that, just call me,” he told journalists.

Chief Supt. Jose Espino, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, earlier said a problem initially occurred when the private hospital where Naraja was taken asked for a P10,000 deposit from the police.

Osmeña said he will discuss the concerns of the authority, so it won’t happen again.

Under Republic Act (RA) 10932 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Aug. 3 this year, stiffer penalties will be imposed on any hospital and medical clinic that will refuse to administer initial medical treatment and support in serious emergency cases.

Section 1 of RA 10932 provides that it is unlawful for any personnel of a hospital or medical clinic to “request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as a prerequisite for administering basic emergency care to any patient.” Any personnel of a hospital or medical clinic who will violate the provisions of the law will face an imprisonment of not less than six months and one day but not more than two years and four months or a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P300,000.

If such violation was committed pursuant to an established policy of the hospital or clinic or upon the instruction of its management, the director or officer of such hospital or clinic responsible will suffer imprisonment of four to six years, or a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million.
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